MEET ONE OF OUR FABULOUS ESTHETICS INSTRUCTORS: TIFFANY CIARDULLO

Ms. Tiffany took a few minutes to chat with us about her Esthetics career and how she started on her exciting teaching journey.  Ms. Tiffany is an alumnus from our school, and we are excited that she came back to inspire our future Estheticians. She is an important part of our Esthetics Program and we are so lucky she chose to come to Palomar Institute of Cosmetology!

PIC: What license do you have, and how long have you been licensed?

Ms. Tiffany: I have an Esthetician License and I have been licensed since 2006.

PIC: How and why did you choose a career in the beauty industry?

Ms. Tiffany: Having acne growing up, I wanted to learn the truth about skin care. After I went to school, I realized that I love helping others in their skin care routine and with their skin problems.

PIC: What was your beauty school experience like?

Ms. Tiffany: I absolutely loved school. I remember calling my mom every day at lunch to talk about everything I learned that day. It was such a positive experience for me.

PIC: What subject was hard for you in beauty school?

Ms. Tiffany: I would say Anatomy, it was hard to remember all of the bones and muscles of the face.

PIC: Can you tell me more about your beauty school experience. Did you ever make a mistake on a client?

Ms. Tiffany: I remember one time I was waxing a client’s eyebrows and I somehow waxed a hole in her eyebrows. I was absolutely mortified!

PIC: Tell me about a teacher who has inspired you.

Ms. Tiffany: I’ve had a couple instructors who inspire me, they have so much heart and truly care about their students’ future.

PIC: Tell me about your professional journey after beauty school and before you started teaching?

Ms. Tiffany: After school, I took a lot of advanced classes on my own. I wanted to truly love what I did and found that in working with acne. I went on to be a lead Esthetician at a full-service spa and eventually owning my own business in Point Loma.

PIC: What inspired you to teach?

Ms. Tiffany: I have always loved teaching. I wanted to be able to inspire students with my knowledge and help them with their path in skin care.

PIC: What classes do you teach at PIC?

Ms. Tiffany: I teach the Freshman training, Senior Theory, and I teach on the clinic floor as well.

PIC: Tell me about your teaching style. What are your classes like?

Ms. Tiffany: I strive to be engaging in my classes. I want my students to really understand the topics that I am teaching, so I utilize different teaching techniques.

PIC: Have you watched students come through this school and be successful?

Ms. Tiffany: I have absolutely seen students become successful. I am beyond proud of them. Knowing that I had a part in that makes me extremely happy to be teaching.

PIC: Tell me more about success. What is your definition of success in the beauty industry?

Ms. Tiffany: To me, success is to be able to connect with your clients, but also able to be professional. When I think of success, I think of someone who is driven and motivated.

PIC: What is your number one piece of advice for someone considering going to beauty school?

Ms. Tiffany: I would say come with an open mind. Some students come thinking that they only want to do one thing but actually end up loving different aspects of the program.

PIC: What type of advanced classes do you attend to keep up with the beauty industry trends?

Ms. Tiffany: I am constantly taking classes on different aspects of the beauty industry, whether it be lash classes or hyperpigmentation classes. My love for Esthetics is always growing.

PIC: Do you ever have students that struggle to learn a new technique?

Ms. Tiffany: Yes absolutely. I will often have students who have a hard picking up certain things. I actually love when that happens because it helps me grow as an instructor. I either adjust my teaching methods or I am able to spend some one on one time with the student.

PIC: When you work on the clinic floor, what do you do when one of your students makes a mistake on a client?

Ms. Tiffany: Well it is always a learning experience. So, I will pull them aside and talk about the mistake to them privately. Honsetly I don’t feel like there are many “mistakes,” just learning opportunities

PIC: Tell us a little bit about what you do outside of school. What are your favorite things to do during your time off?

Ms. Tiffany: I love spending time with my fiancé and our 2 dogs. We go to different dog parks and hiking spots throughout the year. I also spend a lot of time gardening and watching movies. I’m a homebody.

PIC: Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Ms. Tiffany: Hmm…that is a hard one. I have always wanted to go to Alaska and watch the northern lights.

PIC: If you could only take one beauty product on that vacation, what would it be?

Ms. Tiffany: EYE CREAM!!!!!!!

PIC: What is one thing about you that most students probably do not know?

Ms. Tiffany: Probably that I come from a big family, which I think has given me a lot of patience and helped me learn different personalities. Also, that I was really bad in school, until I came to school to be an Esthetician!

PIC: Thank you, Ms. Tiffany, for everything you do and for being an inspiration to our students! It was a pleasure getting to know you more.

Do you want to know more about our instructors? Do you have questions for them? Come meet them! Call today to schedule a tour of our school and meet some of our talented staff and instructors. Call 760-744-7900. Select Option 5. 

Mother Daughter Team Graduates

“We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to study together at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology. This adventure began as a long-awaited desire by mom and a fresh surge of interest by daughter. We tackled every challenge with a sense of independent accomplishment as well as sharing moments of combined celebrations, such as our “Summer Goddess Competition” win. Through perseverance during some of life’s surprises, such as a big move, a surgery for mom, and other unplanned events we remained focused and flexible having graduated about a month apart, both so proud of one another and excited for what the future holds. We left with many unforgettable moments, some of which were equally as character building as they were industry eye opening. What a beautiful journey it’s been!”

-Audrie and Chloe Metoyer

MEET ONE OF OUR FABULOUS COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTORS: MS. HILLARY STONE

Ms. Hillary Stone took a few minutes to chat with us about her Cosmetology career and how she started on her exciting teaching journey. She is an important part of our Cosmetology Program and we are so lucky to have her!  Ms. Hillary moved to North County San Diego, all the way from Florida because her dream was to teach in a beauty school in Southern California. Check out the interview below to learn more about this wonderful teacher.

PIC: What license do you have, and how long have you been licensed?

Ms. Hillary: I have a Cosmetology License and I have been licensed for a little over 15 years.

PIC: How and why did you choose a career in the beauty industry?

Ms. Hillary: This career chose me! I wanted to make people look completely different for theatrical reasons. I have always been interested in movies and theater looks so I decided to make it my career!

PIC: What was your beauty school experience like?

Ms. Hillary: Beauty school was one of the hardest things I ever did, but clearly the best thing I ever did. I grew so much as a person in such a short amount of time, it was unbelievable.

PIC: What subject was hard for you in beauty school?

Ms. Hillary: Haircutting was my biggest challenge because it was just completely logical, and I wasn’t. Now I absolutely love cutting hair. Once it clicked, I felt like I could conquer the world!

PIC: Can you tell me more about your beauty school experience. Did you ever make a mistake on a client?

Ms. Hillary: I didn’t make a mistake on a client until after I graduated! I always had teachers there to guide me and help me. School was my safe zone.

PIC: Tell me about a teacher who has inspired you.

Ms. Hillary: As a teacher, I’ve worked with tons of teachers. My colleagues have all been inspirational in their own way, but one, in particular, was such an inspiration. He built an entirely new career dedicated to teaching and guiding students nationally.

PIC: Tell me about your professional journey after beauty school and before you started teaching?

Ms. Hillary: Before I became a teacher, I was a hairdresser in Florida at Walt Disney World. I helped princesses play dress up all day. I was a wig stylist and makeup artist for characters and it was a blast!

PIC: What inspired you to teach?

Ms. Hillary: I’ve always loved education, I just wanted to be part of it. I love passing along my training to future hairdressers to keep the industry going.

PIC: What classes do you teach at PIC?

Ms. Hillary: I teach MainTheory, Clinic Floor, and the Master Stylist Classes.

PIC: Tell me about your teaching style. What are your classes like?

Ms. Hillary: My classes are very interactive. I do a part lecture and part class participation. I’m very understanding of different learning types so I’ve altered my teaching style to accommodate all types of learners.

PIC: Have you watched students come through this school and be successful?

Hillary: I’ve had hundreds of students at this point. It is awesome to watch them grow as hair dressers and professionals.

PIC: Tell me more about success. What is your definition of success in the beauty industry?

Ms. Hillary: Success in the beauty industry means living comfortably and having a perfect work/life balance.

PIC: What is your number one piece of advice for someone considering going to beauty school?

Ms. Hillary: Go all-in with 100% understanding that you will grow so much!

PIC: What type of advanced classes do you attend to keep up with the beauty industry trends?

Ms. Hillary: I love taking classes on barber skills.

PIC: Do you ever have students that struggle to learn a new technique?

Ms. Hillary: Absolutely! The struggle is half the battle. The light is the goal. Once I see the struggle disappear and the light turn on, I know I’ve done my job.

PIC: When you work on the clinic floor, what do you do when one of your students makes a mistake on a client?

Ms. Hillary: Personally, I try to fix what I can. The client usually never knows and the student learns more from the mistake than they do when they do a perfect client. It is usually a win-win for everyone.

PIC: Tell us a little bit about what you do outside of school. What are your favorite things to do during your time off?

Ms. Hillary: Haha I try to sleep on my time off.

PIC: Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Ms. Hillary: Italy!

PIC: If you could only take one beauty product on that vacation, what would it be?

Ms. Hillary: Eyebrow Pomade

PIC: What is one thing about you that most students probably do not know?

Ms. Hillary: I am a very introverted person.

PIC: Thank you, Ms. Hillary, for everything you do and for being an inspiration to our students! It was a pleasure getting to know you more.

Do you want to know more about our instructors? Do you have questions for them? Come meet them! Call today to schedule a tour of our school and meet some of our talented staff and instructors. Call 760-744-7900. Select Option 5. 

Vintage Hollywood Runway Competition

The results from the competition were amazing, here are some photos:

 

Color matching your eyes

Some have said our eyes are the window to our soul. In makeup we say our eyes are the point of focus in makeup design. Eye makeup accentuates, contours and allows the eyes to stand out. Depending on your eye color there are specific colors that will enhance your eyes.

Blue eyed beauties

Orange on the color wheel is a complementary color to blue.  Because orange contains elements of yellow and red, makeup shadow with these colors will enhance the blue in your eyes. So you want to choose gold, warm orange-browns like peach and copper, red-browns like mauves and plum, and neutrals like taupe or camel. These are the best colors to complement your gorgeous blue eyes.

Green eyed goddesses

Red is a complementary color to green on the color wheel. We obviously don’t want to put red eye shadow on our eyes as they will look blood shoot and tired. You do however want to choose colors that are brown–based reds or other colors close to red on the color wheel. Colors like cooper, rust and violet.

Brown eyed girls

Let your colors run wild with this eye color. Because brown is a neutral color your eyes become a palate for any eye shadow.